Somerville News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Transfer Fee Tax Meetings

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Proposed Transfer Fee Hearing Coming Up

A second public hearing on the proposed transfer fee home rule petition has been scheduled for Monday, May 7, starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. You can learn more about the proposal on the City website.

We urge you to plan to attend and testify at this meeting. The aldermen are seeing the same faces and it’s important to get fresh faces and emails to object to this proposed new tax. If you cannot attend, do email the aldermen – which is easy, simply compose a short email stating your objection to instituting a property transfer tax on the sale of your real estate (even if you are exempt, object to it based on principal of private funding for affordable housing trust fund). Though my property would be exempt, I’ve attended many meetings because we are taxed enough in Somerville and believe it is unfair to expect homeowners to fund this rather than devise a different option whereby everyone would contribute). The transfer tax is just one of multiple proposals being proposed that would affect you financially. IMO the Board of Aldermen are predominantly newcomers with alot of ideas that are being pushed forward – with little to no notice to property owners. This is not an inclusive process. Should you email, request that ‘direct mail’ informing property owners about these proposals and provide adequate notice so that owners are able to have input. The City recently sent out tax and water bills – yet failed to provide notice of these highly impactful proposals. Our BOA clearly are representing special interests and tenant advocacy groups. The BOA had decided to support this transfer tax before holding a single public hearing.

This email will send your message directly to All the aldermen:

boardofaldermen@somervillema.gov <boardofaldermen@somervillema.gov>;

The video of the first public hearing can be found on the Board of Alderman website. A link is attached here to watch the first meeting.

http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=2671&Format=Minutes

Thank You, Anonymous

One thought on “Somerville News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Transfer Fee Tax Meetings”

  1. The administration declined the BOA’s request to put out a robo-call on the transfer tax. No explanation was given as to why they declined. In Somerville, its estimated that a good percentage, perhaps a majority, of property owners live somewhere else. It is unjust that these owners have received zero notice of what’s on the table. It’s essential that direct mail fully explaining several proposals, the Transfer Tax, the RB zoning to NR zone and the subsequent limitations and devaluation, the Tenants First Right of Refusal. Nothing less than direct mail clearly explaining what’s at stake. The mail could have 2 viewpoints, pro and con. Its past time to do right by the taxpayers of Somerville, and encourage active participation and input to legitimize this process as inclusive rather than exclusive.

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